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As a boy, Lipsyte did play Chinese handball against the sides of brick buildings and participated in  street games such as stickball, but he felt pressured by society to be good at sports. This experience  later developed into a major theme in some of Lipsyte's nonfiction works such as  SportsWorld  and  novels like  Jock and Jill  (1982) and his trilogy beginning with  One Fat Summer  (1977). The  protagonist of  One Fat Summer , Bobby Marks, is similar to Lipsyte: Bobby is an adolescent in the  1950s, suffering from a weight problem, who does something about it. In 1952, Lipsyte took a  summer job as a lawn boy and lost forty pounds, ridding himself of at least one youthful stigma;  Bobby Marks has a similar experience. A Ford Foundation program allowed Lipsyte to skip his senior year at Forest Hills High School in 
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